Educational Outreach in Public Child Welfare

Credit for Learning (CFL) devotes University of Kentucky College of Social Work faculty to provide graduate education and support to Kentucky’s public child welfare workforce.  CFL is a unique educational outreach effort that bridges the gap between research and practice necessary to equip Kentucky’s child welfare professionals who work to keep Kentucky families safe. CFL faculty work beyond the classroom to collaborate with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) in identifying and addressing specific learning and informational needs.  An additional goal of CFL is to increase the number of graduate trained staff through recruiting, advising and mentoring those interested in pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

Stephanie Ratliff, MSW, CSW

Director, Credit for Learning Program

525 Patterson Office Tower


Melissa Whitaker, MSW

Clinical Faculty, Credit for Learning Instructor

UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health


Sheila Miracle Credit for learning University of Kentucky College of Social Work

Sheila Miracle, MSW

MSW Program Coordinator, Morehead State University Campus

321 Radar Hall Morehead KY 40351


Ted Godlaski, Credit for Learning Instructor, Faculty University of Kentucky,Social Work Continuing Education, University of Kentucky, Social Work Continuing Ed, Social Work Online Classes, University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Training Resource Center, Credit for Learning, Adoption Support Kentucky, Children's Justice Taskforce, Foster Parent Training Program

Theodore “Ted” Godlaski, M. Div.

Associate Clinical Professor, Credit for Learning Instructor

1500 Bull Lea Road Ste. 194


Social Work Resources, Credit for Learning, Lexington, KY, University of Kentucky, College of Social Work, Training Resource Center, CFL

Erin Mayhorn, MSW

PCWCP Coordinator, Clinical Faculty

527 Patterson Office Tower


How does Credit for Learning help you?

Participating in graduate courses while working in child welfare can be challenging, but Credit for Learning (CFL) faculty are prepared to help.

CFL offers support in the following ways:

  • Graduate level Protection & Permanency Academy courses
  • Advanced graduate level courses for child welfare leaders and tenured workers
  • UK Master of Social Work (MSW) application information
  • MSW academic advising
  • Access to financial aid resources
  • Course registration and scheduling
  • Practicum placement guidance
  • Transfer of credits from other institutions
  • Workshops on child welfare related topics delivered to local and regional child welfare agencies
  • Support in balancing school and professional demands
  • Individualized mentoring with new child welfare professionals

CFL faculty are committed to supporting you as you continue your education and serve Kentucky children and families.